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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
I was just browsing ebay, trying to find some fairly good quality leather-soled dress shoes under $100, and I came across this seller, who has a huge selection of new Bally shoes in my price range. Now I'm not firmly attached to Bally, or even familiar with their shoes, but I haven't found anything in my size or style by any of other brands in that range (Ferragamo, AE, Magli, etc), so I was thinking of getting a pair or two for this seller. However, I'm a little bit hesitant since a) this seller is from Argentina and b) he seems to have an especially large stock of new Bally shoes in bulk, and only new Bally shoes. So I was hoping somebody here could take a look at the auctions and weigh in on whether or not it would be a good idea to put in a bid on an auction or two. On a more general note, guidelines on purchasing shoes on ebay, in terms of things to look for and how to avoid fakes, would help lots.
post #2 of 22
The shoes look nice enough but isn't the squared toe fad just about dead? That's probably why they are looking to liquidate all these pairs on eBay at less than $100.00 each.
post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 
I'd definitely prefer a round toe, but it's really hard to find anything decent in my price range, so if they're legit I may get them in spite of that fact, since they don't necessarily look like the more clunky square-toed monstrosities I've seen, and seem like they could double as dress shoes and shoes for wear with jeans. I haven't done my homework on shoes, but my impression always was that the round toe/square toe choice was more a matter of taste like 2 button v. 3 button suits in that neither really stood out as wrong. Of course, if I'm wrong and square-toes would be a fashion faux-pas, do correct me
post #4 of 22
Most of the shoes he is offering don't really have a square toe - it's more of a chisel shape. Some of them look great: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....9200379 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....9138219 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....9127729 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....9134325
post #5 of 22
Some of the shoes look quite pleasing, and there seems to be a large selction of sizes available. But judging from the Bally label(s) they seem to be earlier items if not from the late 90's to early 20th. Nowadays Bally has an embosssed label on their light tan leather lining. I don't expect fakes as they are Bally shoes, and the feedback seems quite good.
post #6 of 22
argentina's economy collapsed and i mean collapsed almost a year ago. inflation has been insane down there and it's quite feasible that someone is simply selling department store merchandise that they couldn't move. thanks for the tip, some of those shoes look great. edit: those shoes are not as square toed as the real square toe shoes, and even if they were, if you like them, it doesn't matter if the fad is over or not.
post #7 of 22
Btw, how would you compare Bally's durability to AE and Gravati?
post #8 of 22
Here is a caution from previous thread about the Bally label:
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Bally seems to have several lines. Stay away from Bally shoes with a tag sewn into the insole -- they are not of the finest quality. The rest seem to be outstanding (they're not John Lobb, mind you, but they're not Ferragamo either). I've had no durability problems.
http://www.styleforum.net/cgi-bin....l=bally
post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice, guys. I think I'm going to go check out my local Bally store tomorrow, see how their sizing runs, and then get a pair or two from this ebay seller if everything looks good. As long as they don't go to pieces on me right away I should be fine since I'm not looking for a long term solution. By the way, how versatile would those "brushed tan" oxfords be for dress wear? That's the main pair I'm looking at.
post #10 of 22
I'm the poster of that comment about tag-sewn-in versus insole-stamped Ballys. Since making that post, I've concluded that the tag-sewn-in models are simply those produced under license. The US Bally licensee makes bad shoes, in my experience. However, that does not necessarily mean that the Argentinian licensee does. I've seen this seller on eBay for many months and must admit that I am a bit curious as to the quality of the shoes. (Who knows, they may be the bargain of the century.) If you land up buying a pair, let us know how they are.
post #11 of 22
Thread Starter 
Well, after a trip to the Bally store, it looks like I probably won't buy a pair after all, not because of doubts as to quality, but because Bally apparently runs large. I'm usually 8D (at least in brands like Ferragamo, AE, etc), but it took a 7D to fit me properly, and this seller has nothing below 8. I've e-mailed to ask about the sizing on those models, but unless Bally's discrepency in sizing is a new thing, it wouldn't make sense to get a pair. I definitely would have tried one out if I knew they would fit, but if anyone else decides to get a pair it would be nice to know how the transaction turns out.
post #12 of 22
How much a typical Bally dress shoes cost, btw?
post #13 of 22
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Well, after a trip to the Bally store, it looks like I probably won't buy a pair after all, not because of doubts as to quality, but because Bally apparently runs large.  I'm usually 8D (at least in brands like Ferragamo, AE, etc), but it took a 7D to fit me properly, and this seller has nothing below 8.  I've e-mailed to ask about the sizing on those models, but unless Bally's discrepency in sizing is a new thing, it wouldn't make sense to get a pair.
The Bally dress shoes I own run pretty true to size -- my feet measure out to a 10C shoe and one pair is a 10D and the other pair is a 9.5D.  This underscores the difficulty of buying shoes online unless you know how the specific model you are buying fits or the seller has a generous return policy.
post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 
The prices at the boutique were generally $180-250 for shoes on sale and somewhere in the $300's for retail, with a few models well above that. My impression is that they're in the same tier as Ferragamos, Maglis, and some of designer brands like Gucci and Prada. Ambulance Chaser, how old are your Bally's and what kind of shoes are they? Just curious, but yeah, I agree that buying shoes online seems like quite the difficult task.
post #15 of 22
My Ballys, both new and old, run pretty true to size, or, if anything, a bit small (particularly those with a narrower toe).
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